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July 2003
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Legal Affairs

by Diane Hartman


After Louise Artibello, a secretary at Holland & Hart, heard an NPR show on a poor county in Mississippi where the children didn’t have pencils or books, the entire firm got involved in trying to help. They contacted the head of that school district, began collecting books, school supplies and clothes. Sam and Jean Guyton, who started the Holland & Hart Foundation, drove a 15-foot truck 1,300 miles to deliver the goods. Much more has been done, including starting a pen-pal program. H & H will also provide scholarships for promising high school seniors to attend college.

The Association of Legal Administrators announces that the following have earned the designation of Certified Legal Managers: Lorri R.T. Salyards of Moye, Giles, O’Keefe, Vermeire & Gorrell; Libby Moser of Gorsuch Kirgis, and Jill A. Griffiths of Bond & Morris.

Hon. Leonard Plank has been appointed by the Denver City Council to the Denver Board of Ethics.

Gary M. Jackson received an honorary Order of the Coif at the CU Law Commencement ceremony.


Paul Campos, a CU law prof, wrote a column in the Rocky about racism, and a culture that eats its young.

A headline in the Perspective section of The Denver Post was "Military tribunals: Commission smoothes way for new criminal justice system." It was written by Spencer J. Crona, with Wade Ash Woods Hill & Farley and Neal A. Richardson, a Denver deputy DA for 20 years. In that same issue, Ved P. Nanda, director of the International Legal Studies Program at DU Law, wrote a piece about India extending the "hand of friendship" to Pakistan.

Matava Carpenter
Strong Barton
Hein Krumbein

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis was honored at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center Annual Dinner; she was named 2003 Champion for Children.

Family law attorney Suzanne Griffiths was on the Dr. Phil show in May—by phone, she gave advice to a woman who was having trouble getting a divorce.

There was a story in The Post about Barbara Trattler, (widow of prominent attorney Larry Trattler) and her Sweet Utopia boutique in Wheat Ridge.

The topic of law firm marketing was discussed in a DBJ article. Firms mentioned included Faegre & Benson, Holland & Hart, Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons, Minor & Brown and HRO. Also, in the same issue, there was a story about John Watson, partner at Moye Giles O’Keefe Vermeire & Gorrell, who has spent more than half his career defending a uranium mill near Cañon City.

Our congrats to DU Law Stars Donald Kortz, Doris Truhlar, Robert Truhlar, Rico Munn and Brooke Wunnicke.

A good story in the Rocky by Michele Ames headlined "Crowding in the Halls of Justice," about how budget cuts will delay civil cases.

David Getches has been named new dean of CU Law School. A member of the CU faculty since 1979, he is the Raphael J. Moses Professor of Natural Resources Law. He teaches and writes on water law, public land law, environmental law and Indian Law. He replaces Harold Bruff, who will return to teaching after seven years as head of the law school.

Dahlia Weinstein at the Rocky gave us great coverage of the Barristers Ball, with pictures of MVL honorees. The photo spread on the BBB in Law Week Colorado was amazing (photos taken by Karen Bries and Lindsay Packard).

On the cover of a recent Denver Business Journal was a story entitled "Law firms adopt new looks as they move into new digs." They focused on three firms: Faegre & Benson, Hall & Evans, and McKenna, Long & Aldridge.

Penny Parker at gossip central at The Rocky spied "Mr. Connected" Norm Brownstein with Jim Belushi and Dan Akroyd at The Palm. She says "Brownstein befriended Belushi when the funnyman entertained at the lawman’s 60th birthday party last month." That birthday party (at the Brown Palace, cheered on by Broncos cheerleaders) was written up by Bill Husted at The Post—175 guests, many of whom you would know. If you weren’t there, don’t ask.

Mike Soraghan at The Post reported that Interior Secretary Gale Norton has chosen Marti Allbright (who recently ran for Attorney General) to be the executive director of Take Pride in America. She leaves Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber.

Great publicity on Channel 4 for the Lawyers Have Heart race (part of the American Heart Association walk) TV crews hardly ever give time for long interviews, but in this case they interviewed Heather Purcell (who did a great job!) and gave her a lot of air time.

Ray Friedlob, a founding partner of Friedlob Sanderson Paulson & Tourtillott, was in the Rose Garden at the White House "to hear the President’s speech on the dangers of the continued Democratic Party delays in confirming judicial nominees."



Megan Brynhildsen, new chair of the DBA YLD, is now with Tiemeier & Hensen. Reach her at or (303) 572-1515. 

Jeffrey A. Berens has become a partner with Dyer & Shuman.

The law firm of Berliner, Zisser, Walter & McDonald PC will be disolved as of July 1.

Kathryn M. Nelson has joined Dufford & Brown as an associate.

Greenberg Traurig has added new shareholders George G. Matava, John R. Posthumus and Brian A. Carpenter; Gayle L. Strong, who will be Of Counsel, and associate Shelley K. Barton.

Michael Weiner has joined Holland & Hart in the firm’s corporate group as Of Counsel.

Kevin Hein has joined Snell & Wilmer. He is the founding chair of the CBA’s Subsection on Franchise Law. The firm also welcomes Richard Krumbein as its newest partner.

Michael H. Smith has joined Fairfield and Woods. His practice includes estate planning and general business and corporate advice.

Isaacson, Rosenbaum, Woods & Levy welcomes David A. Zisser as Of Counsel.

Petros & White happily announces that Lori J. M. Satterfield, formerly of Balcomb & Green, has joined the firm as Special Counsel.

Fisher, Sweetbaum & Levin has added Joel S. Rosenstein, formerly of Senn Lewis & Visciano, as Of Counsel.

The Berkowitz Firm has joined the AeA Mountain States Council as an associate member; Les Berkowitz will take an active role in the council’s public policy efforts.

Susan A. Kraemer has joined Ruegsegger Thomas as an associate.

John G. Scott has joined Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons as an associate.

Lisa Todd, Darlene H. Stone, Jennifer C. Madsen and Brian C. Proffitt have joined Kennedy & Christopher as associates.

T. Paul Krueger II, Mary Elizabeth Foley and Renee Casanova Lewis have joined Ritsema & Lyon.

Catherine E. McDaugale has joined Kerr Brosseau Bartlett O’Brien as an associate.

Hall & Evans moved to: 1125 Seventeenth Street, Suite 600, Denver 80202. Phone and fax are the same: phone (303) 628-3300 and fax (303) 628-3368. Joining the firm as associates are: Brian P. Molzahn, Steven M. Hamilton, Lance G. Eberhart and Andrew J. Carafelli.

Dorsey & Whitney announces that Alan H. Simon has joined as a partner and C. Ben Huber and Dan J. Ryan have joined the firm’s Corporate/Commercial Practice.

Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti welcomes Steven E. Segal, as a director and shareholder.

Ann K. O’Connell is an associate with Heckenbach Carlton.

Messner & Reeves announces that David W. Feeder II, Lisa S. Dumaw, Jason T. Moilanen, Robert B. Pavelko and Nathan S. Merrill have joined the firm as associates.

The Harris Law Firm welcomes Christine C. Nierenz as an associate.

Noelle Riccardella has joined Cage Williams Abelman & Layden.

William. F. Vobach and Chad S. Hilyard have been elevated to partnership and Kenneth S. Chang is a new associate at Townsend and Townsend and Crew.

Wendy J. Shea and Megan R. VanPutten are new associates with Senter Goldfarb & Rice.

Leslie S. Garmaise has become a senior associate with Dorr, Carson, Sloan & Birney.


Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley announces its 10th anniversary and thanks friends and clients for continued support.

Hale Hackstaff Tymkovich is also celebrating its 10th anniversary. Heather M. Witwer, formerly Deputy Counsel to the governor, has joined the firm as Senior Counsel. Congratulations to Judge Tim Tymkovich on his appointment to the federal bench.

Davis Graham & Stubbs is "incredibly proud" of the appointment of Alan M. Loeb to the Colorado Court of Appeals. He had been with DGS since 1971.

Bradford J. Lam celebrates the first anniversary of his office.



Donald Graham, one of the original partners at Davis Graham and Stubbs, died in May at age 94. Virginia Culver of The Post wrote a wonderful story about him, with the emphasis on Graham as an art collector: He "practiced corporate law for decades, but his passion was art." He gave his collection to the Denver Art Museum in the early 1990s. Partner Charles Casteel was quoted, talking about his love of art and symphonic and operatic music.

Ray Connell also died in May. Besides practicing in a number of large firms, he taught part-time for a while at DU College of Law and was a past president of the Colorado Defense Lawyers.

Sherman & Howard giant Bill Cantwell died in June at the age of 81. Bill was a past president of both the CBA and DBA and had been a member since 1948. He held membership in the Judiciary, Taxation Law and Trust & Estate sections for many years.

Former Denver Mayor Quigg Newton and Holland and Hart stalwart Jim Hegerty also passed recently. Details will be in the Sept. Docket.

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